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1  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Brits opt out of the European Union on: Today at 04:34 AM
Can you explain that?

2  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Antonin Who? Texas anti-abortion law goes down in flames. on: Yesterday at 07:42 AM
THe SCOTUS took a solid stance in support of a woman's right to choose what is right for her own personal medical needs by striking down a bogus Texas attempt to limit access to safe and legal abortion.

3  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America: Take 3 on: Yesterday at 05:28 AM
What do you know about that?  Evil

Any American who moves about in our society is exposed to that reality on a daily basis. Especially if one participates in social media.
4  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America: Take 3 on: Jun 26, 2016, 02:24PM

As to your previous comment about compassion I think being compassionate is a key part of being a Christian.

Seola Creek

Not in a whole lot of American churches it isn't.
5  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Brits opt out of the European Union on: Jun 26, 2016, 02:22PM
That is beautiful! And, dead, spot on. However this moves forward it is going to be ugly. A perfect example of what happens when stupid wins. I hope AMericans are smart enough to see this, but I won't be holding my breath.

Interesting analysis about the Machiavellian UK politics of it from a commenter at The Guardian, predicting that Brexit will be impossible.

6  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America: Take 3 on: Jun 26, 2016, 05:53AM
Sharia Law CANNOT be instituted in the USA until the Constitution is completely abrogated. It is incompatible with the tenets set forth in the Constitution. As Bruce said, it CAN be used in conflict resolution withing the Muslim community, in their Mosques, so long as the participants agree to it, but it would have NO legal standing in a US Court of Law. THe small-minded fear of Sharia is a smoke screen which allows an unreasoned rationalization for hate and bigotry.
7  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Brits opt out of the European Union on: Jun 26, 2016, 05:46AM
You may find this article by John Pilsner (one of the last real journalists) iluminating on why Britain voted the way it did!


Interesting article. IT hits on some basic truths..."A nineteenth century contempt for countries and peoples, depending on their degree of colonial usefulness, remains a centrepiece of modern "globalisation", with its perverse socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor: its freedom for capital and denial of freedom to labour; its perfidious politicians and politicised civil servants." Sadly, those being offered as the alternative, Trump over here, are NOT offering any real answers or alternatives that will change this narrative. THey are offering scape-goating and a doubling down on the austerity and tax give aways to the rich that have us in the place we find ourselves.
8  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Brits opt out of the European Union on: Jun 25, 2016, 07:52PM

I rather like Badger's viewpoints. I am very much against globalism. I say that after having worked in export business for Britain, America and Australia for most of my working life. I don't even believe in free trade agreements. I believe a country should protect its own industries and insist on majority ownership of companies by its own nationals.

I don't emotionally disagree with these sentiments, but I intellectually recognize the futility of them. One might just as well say "I am against the rising of the tide." Globalism is a done deal at this point.

It's not a "free market" economy any more.  Hasn't been since World War II.  Reagan may have claimed to be in favor of it, but the giant Internationals can walk around his policies (or anybody else's) with impunity.

We don't have the United States of America, United States of Mexico, or European Cooperative Market.  We are heading toward the United States of Exxon-Mobil, the United States of Siemens, the United States of Dupont-Dow, etc.

True Dat. THere is no such thing, and never has been, as a free market. Somebody ALWAYS makes the rules by which any market operates. Unless the great swath of mankind wakes the frak up and takes control we are going to, by default, be "governed" by bankers and corporations. We are FAR down that road now.
9  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Brits opt out of the European Union on: Jun 25, 2016, 05:48AM
It is not a complete fallacy, but an expectation that may or may not be realistic.

But there will now be negotiations, rather than lockstep compliance to what is seen as oppression from the EU. It is worthy to note that many parts of Britain are upset, and other referendums could take place again, like Scottish independence.

Every breakaway group or country expects to continue their old relationships including trade. We heard that in Canada, when Quebec would separate but expected to travel on Canadian passports. Who knows what would have happened? We are glad they voted to stay.

It is a truth pretty much everywhere that the majority of the populations have a checkers level grasp of the multi-dimensional chess intracacies of the issues that drive the world. "Well, who could have predicted", or "who woulda thought" are all too common commentaries after disastrous outcomes like this one.
10  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Brits opt out of the European Union on: Jun 25, 2016, 05:14AM
Your last paragraph is not only ill informed but offensive, without understanding how the EU's freedom of movement has impacted on the immigrants from commonwealth countries... the area I live in has a large sikh community who voted more or less on block for leave!

You can be as offended as you care to be, but it is a FACT that areas with high migrant and working class populations voted overwhelmingly for the exit. It is a reflection of the idiotic "build the Wall" stupidity we are dealing with on this side of the pond.

11  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Brits opt out of the European Union on: Jun 25, 2016, 04:44AM
Ha, ha.  That's funny.

BTW, who's Russ?

That would be me, the "Bilge Meister".

People are tired of  Marxist Globalist in Brussels deciding others fate when the same Globalist ( Merkel, Soros, Obama, Bush , etc…live beyond the Plebes, and their Edicts on people have no effect on their own life styles ). IMO

The complete lack of understanding illuminated in that statement is indicative of why things are as screwed up in this world as they are. In today's interconnected, internet world, Globalism is INEVITABLE. THe ONLY question that remains is what form will it take. Already the multi-national corporations ignore national borders as if they don't exist, and the plutocrats and oligarchs that run them revel in, and laugh at, the ignorance of statements like the one above. THe nation state as the primary political divisions of mankind is a dead man walking.

You also have to consider that Britain is just about divided right down the middle on the issue but it is evident that young people voted to stay, and the oldies (like myself) wanted out.

Just as it is here, it's the angry, old, white guys that are driving the nationalist movements and xenophobia around the world. In Britain they still have enough lack of diversity to swing an election like this one. Thankfully, that is no longer true here in the US, as we have seen in the past two, and will see again in this one, Presidential elections. We just don't have enough angry, old white guys to stem the tide of diversification.
12  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Brits opt out of the European Union on: Jun 24, 2016, 05:31AM

28% of registered voters didn't cast a vote. :-(

A very sad day IMHO.

Well, that makes your turnout more than double what we get over here for a lot of elections. I agree it is a sad day. We'll see how it plays out.
13  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America: Take 3 on: Jun 24, 2016, 05:25AM
This week's effort from the "Bilge Meister"......

Waking Up?

Social media on the internet has been a major catalyst for social change in this country. For example, just 8 years ago gays could not serve openly in the military and a majority of Americans believed that marriage was an institution reserved solely for a man and a woman.

In just those short 8 years exposure to differing views through social media have changed opinions, followed by changes in laws, on these issues significantly. Today we have an openly gay man serving as the Secretary of the Army, and same-sex marriage is the law of the land, supported by a large majority of Americans.

Are we beginning to see the same kind of movement to change the Wild West, shoot-em-up gun culture in this country? One can only hope. There are indications that resistance to the iron grip the NRA holds on our Congress is beginning to show signs of life.

In the wake, literally, of the atrocity in Orlando outrage has finally spurred some members of Congress to take a stand. They are demanding, at the very least, votes on some miniscule, common sense reforms supported by more than 90% of Americans, gun-owners and NRA members included. Of course, the NRA is in full dudgeon in opposition. Will their stranglehold prevail?

It did in the first instance, when a 15 hour filibuster by Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn) forced Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ken) to bring four gun control, two-Dem, two GOP, amendments to the floor of the Senate for votes. The amendments were differing party line versions of a “No-Fly, No-Buy” law that would keep people on terrorist watch lists from buying guns, and a law requiring universal background checks and closing the “gun show loophole”.

All four of the laws received majority approval, but did not reach the 60 vote threshold needed to move forward. Undaunted, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) immediately drafted, and got numerous bi-partisan co-sponsorships, another “No-Fly, No-Buy” amendment that might actually be able to reach the super-majority needed.

Meanwhile, in the House, Democrats staged a 24 hour “sit-in” in the House chamber hoping to force votes on similar legislation there. They have promised to resume the sit-in when they reconvene after the July 4th holiday.

When that happens, I would like to see every Congress person’s office swamped with sit-in protesters. 90% of us want this. It is time to stand up by sitting down.
14  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: On Trump on: Jun 21, 2016, 10:30AM
I was thinking that same thing yesterday. Great minds.........
15  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America: Take 3 on: Jun 21, 2016, 10:28AM
I am wondering what more there is to this one. It seems a blatant rejection of 4th Amendment protections.
16  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: On Trump on: Jun 21, 2016, 04:52AM
I am still worried about the opinion polls showing that "29 per cent of Americans have a generally favourable attitude towards the Donald". Yeah, RIGHT.

We are, to a large degree, a self-centered, immature society. THat said, we did come out to vote in almost acceptable percentages in the last two Presidential elections and elected Barack Obama by wide margins. TWICE. Sadly, Hillary is no Obama. But, I think the 29% who view Trump at least "generally favorably" is a very hard ceiling on his candidacy. We shall see.
17  Creation and Performance / Trombonists / Re: James Morrison on having fun and perseverance - Keep playing! on: Jun 20, 2016, 04:35AM
James did a master class and a concert at UCF in Orlando recently. I wasn't able to make the concert, but his masrer class was one of the most enjoyable and informative I've had the pleasure to attend. A truly nice and supremely talented man.
18  Practice Break / Polls / Re: Do you use a breathing tube? on: Jun 19, 2016, 05:03AM

Imagining a person sitting in a practice room sucking air through a pipe while their trombone sits next to them is even crazier.

Touche. You'll note I said I keep mine in the car. When I came back to the horn after a 30 year lay off I was having breathing issues. My teacher handed me "the pipe" in a lesson and said "Take a couple of deep breaths through this." You cannot breathe through the tube without opening your throat and breathing from the bottom up. It turned on a lightbulb for me. A big part of proficiency in any physical activity is developing muscle memory. A few deep breaths on "the tube" every once in a while is not a futile exercise. Kind of like taking a couple of swings of a bat with a weighted donut on it before stepping into the batters box.
19  Practice Break / Polls / Re: Do you use a breathing tube? on: Jun 18, 2016, 04:30AM

Far better technique in my opinion would be to start or continue a running or swimming program. That is not a gimmick.

Well, I've learned in life that I have much better results when I work smarter as opposed to harder. But, you are making, i suppose intentionally, an apples and sofas comparison. They are two completely unrelated activities.
20  Practice Break / Polls / Re: Do you use a breathing tube? on: Jun 17, 2016, 06:19PM
I keep one in the console of my truck. I just got a 4" piece of 1" schedule 40 PVC. It is a good mechanism to get one familiar with how an open throat feels and how to fill the lungs from the bottom up. At least, that's how I visualize and internalize it. Another of my favorites is to put a small balloon on my mouthpiece and blow it up at differing rates simulating volumes. I suspect there are a million different similar exercises designed to help one isolate and understand the different aspects of what it takes to make the instrument work. I hope folks will chip in with others. The more different angles you can find from which to look at the process, the more you'll figure out about it.
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